Posted on 06/29/15 at 12:26pm

This Wednesday, Brian Whiston takes over as the new State Superintendent. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, he talks about standardized testing, school funding, charter and cyber schools, deficit schools and teacher evaluations.

Posted on 06/29/15 at 12:27pm

Michigan delegates to NEA's Representative Assembly will join more than 7,000 educators on their way to Orlando to help set education policy and talk about what's best for students. The annual meeting starts July 3 and runs through July 6.

Posted on 06/22/15 at 5:38pm

SaveOnEnergy.com is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy. By submitting your plan, you have a chance to win a $500 Teacher Grant for your classroom. Save On Energy.com will be awarding six $500 grants in the form of Visa Reward Cards to be used toward classroom materials and activities. SaveOnEnergy.com is a resource for consumers on all aspects of energy and sustainability.

Posted on 06/22/15 at 5:25pm

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is holding meetings around the state with parents of special education students to gather input on their experiences with the state’s special education system. To reach even more parents, Calley also launched an online survey which will be available through August. 

Posted on 06/22/15 at 5:31pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that teachers and educators should not be put in law enforcement roles when they carry out their duty of reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. The National Education Association (NEA) filed an amicus brief in the case, Ohio v. Clark, stating that “educators’ valuable role as mandatory reporters and caregivers should not be compromised.”

Posted on 06/30/15 at 9:19am

With the passage of Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act in 1965, teachers finally went from begging to bargaining. Thanks to PERA, all public school employees have the right to negotiate for fair wages, quality health care benefits and decent working conditions.

Poll shows support for local school districts

Part 2 of an EPIC-MRA statewide survey shows that while 52 percent of Michigan voters offered a negative rating on the quality of Michigan public schools overall, 62 percent gave a positive rating for the quality of education in their own local public school district.

SB 618 moves to Senate

SB 618 was reported out of the Senate Education Committee this afternoon and now moves to the full Senate. SB 618 allows the outsourcing/privatization of teachers and removes the cap on charter schools.

Committee members voted 3-2 on the bill and on a substitute amendment that broke the tie-bar between SB 618 and SB 624 which mandates schools of choice.

Michigan will see NEA ad promoting American Jobs Act

Michigan is one of the states NEA has chosen to launch a TV ad campaign that urges Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. The ad will also appear in Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas and the District of Columbia. To see the 30-second ad, go to http://tinyurl.com/4x2thmt.

SB 7 becomes law

Yesterday, Gov. Snyder signed into law PA 152 which requires public school employees to pay more for their health care coverage.

Experts support MEA position on SB 618-624

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony yesterday—both pro and con—on its so-called education reform package, SB 618-624. MEA’s opposition to the legislation was supported with testimony from Gary Miron, Western Michigan University education professor and national charter school expert, and Barbara Bonsignore, the Public Policy Director of Michigan AAUW.

Senate ‘ed reform’ bills defy voter wishes, expert testimony

Outsourcing teachers.  Creating unlimited charter and cyber schools.  Mandating that schools participate in schools of choice.  Providing back-door vouchers to private- and home-schooled students.

Join live webcast on teacher evaluation and support systems

During an interactive webcast on Monday, Oct. 3, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will release their report, "Getting it Right: A Comprehensive Guide to Developing and Sustaining Teacher Evaluation and Support Systems."

Listen to Obama's 'back-to-school' talk

President Obama will deliver his third annual back-to-school speech at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, to students at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C.

Will Michigan meet Obama's new NCLB relief mandates?

Michigan may have to reapply for a waiver to get relief from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate that all students be proficient on state tests by 2014. New waiver request forms are due Nov. 14; approval can be expected as early as January 2012. A second round of waivers is due February 2012.

Poll shows Michigan voters opposed to some Republican education proposals

An EPIC-MRA news release today reports that 68 percent of Michigan voters are clearly opposed to the outsourcing of teachers to private companies, part of a Senate package of education reforms (SB 618-624).  And with other reforms getting mixed reactions, it sets the stage for a divisive public conversation on proposals generated by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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